Steven Pacillio's answer Unfortunately, you never know what the kid or the mom might tell the police (if they even called the police). Fortunately, Walmart stores generally have good video surveillance systems. If you are contacted by the police you should immediately contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in your area to represent you during your interaction with the police. An experienced defense attorney will also know how to contact Walmart to preserve the video footage of the interaction which would...
Cary B. Hall's answer Probably not any, but -- at least on the law books -- the maximum incarceration time for a small amount of marijuana is one year.
It also depends on the jurisdiction. Philadelphia? No time. One of the more rural counties in the middle of the state? Those charges might be taken more seriously. In any event, the most serious charge you're facing is the first one - which is usually possession of some drug *other than* marijuana.
Cary B. Hall's answer There is a crime in Pennsylvania called Terroristic Threats, a first-degree misdemeanor. Depending on the exact threat, the "someone" may have committed this crime -- and the age of the parties is irrelevant. Your friend can contact the local police to determine if a crime has in fact taken place.
Cary B. Hall's answer Your best bet is to hire an attorney, and have him/her contact the police to find out what their intentions are with the property seized, and whether they intend to file any charges.
If you'd like to discuss this matter further, I do practice in Bucks County. Feel free to contact me offsite -- my contact information is contained in my Justia profile.
You're also posing your question from New York . . . but in a Pennsylvania law forum. If things happened in New York, try asking your question in the New York law forum.
If you stole from your employer, you could be charged with theft in the juvenile system. Punishments range from probation + restitution (paying the money back) + community service, to actual detention.
Cary B. Hall's answer Typically until the violation of probation is reviewed and adjudicated by your back judge. If the violation is as a result of new criminal charges against you, then most often the detainer remains until the new charges are resolved -- and that could take many months.
Mr. Ryan L Hyde's answer There is nowhere near enough information to answer this question. I realize that is not what you want to hear but some questions require specifics to answer. There is no real legal limit to the detainer if it is lodged for pending charges. Usually the court will allow the detainer to span the duration of the criminal proceedings. I say usually because there are instances where I have been able to get a judge to set bail on the detainer. Some counties will do this, some counties won't. The...
Cary B. Hall's answer Two separate cases -- and so sometimes you get two very different results. You chose to go the ARD route, and so now you're on that path.
I suppose you can talk to the DA again about your case, and point out the discrepancy with your co-defendant. Perhaps the DA will reconsider the charges against you; perhaps not. In any case, if the DA still wants to proceed with your prosecution, I'd strongly recommend completing your ARD requirements and taking advantage of that opportunity....
Cary B. Hall's answer It sounds like your case is detailed enough to actually consult with (and hire) a criminal defense attorney face-to-face. Someone trained in the law needs to review all the facts of your case, and the court paperwork to date. If you want to handle your case the right way, don't try to do it with the equivalent of a YouTube video.
Consult with an attorney that can review your case instead of reviewing just a few sentences penned by you which attempt to summarize your case. If you...
Cary B. Hall's answer There's no "bright line" rule about the "level" of communication for such a charge, unfortunately. Much is left up to the discretion of the judge.
My suggestion is to try to get the M3 charge reduced to a summary harassment or disorderly conduct citation, and then just pay the fine and move on. The fact that the "victim" in your case is an attorney may or may not have anything to do with the prosecution -- but typically if a victim is hell-bent on going forward with the case, the cops...
Elizabeth Tarasi's answer I will be happy to represent you and your family in the civil case. In working on the civil case I will push what can be pushed in the criminal case. My office number is 412-391-7135. Web site www.tarasilaw.com
Cary B. Hall's answer Well, the problem is that you don't know who made the reports against you -- Children & Youth/Child Protective Services don't (and won't) tell you that. You might think you know who it is, but you won't get confirmation of it from the agency. And it'll be somewhat difficult to prove unless the person admits it to you or someone else.
So that makes it pretty difficult to file any charges or bring any action against such a person. And as far as I know, there isn't one person or entity...
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